Latin America Logs On

In just a couple of years, the sprawling region has become the Internet world's next big thing

Off the coast of Venezuela, three 400-ft. ships are laying down miles of high-speed fiber-optic cable capacious enough to carry 600,000 calls simultaneously. In a high mountain town outside Cuzco, Peru, a co-op of native farmers has found a way to get more than 10 times the local price for its potato crop by selling to a New York City organic-food store it found on the Internet. In the streets of Sao Paulo, fashionable women have taken to carrying around white West Highland terriers, the mascot of a free Internet-service provider called iG that, like the pups, has skyrocketed in popularity.

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